ALSC announces new Equity Fellowships

For Immediate Release
Fri, 08/31/2018


Alena Rivers

ALSC Deputy Director



The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the launch of ALSC Equity Fellowships. This new fellowship pilot will award five ALSC fellowships to American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander individuals who commit to service within ALSC and demonstrate a capacity for future leadership. Fellowship recipients will receive funding for two-year ALSC and ALA memberships and one year of conference registrations and travel stipends for ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual. Fellowship recipients will also receive mentorship from members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC Implementation Task Force. 

“The ALSC Equity Fellowships provides an opportunity for ALSC to address the inequitable representation of ethnic and racial minorities in ALSC membership, committees and leadership,” said ALSC President, Jamie Campbell Naidoo. “The fellowship establishes a strong cohort of individuals who will benefit from the support of colleagues and ensures access to and engagement with important continuing education and networking opportunities that deepen the ALSC experience.  We are excited for this new opportunity as an important step in our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. And, we look forward to expanding the program in the future to include other underrepresented groups.” 

Each application will be reviewed based on the following:
•    Demonstrated commitment to providing direct service to children 
•    Potential for ALSC leadership
•    Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

The application will remain open through September 14, 2018. Visit for more information about the ALSC Equity Fellowship.

Funding for this fellowship is provided by ALSC. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within ALSC Implementation Task Force was established to implement ALSC board approved recommendations set forth by the prior Diversity within ALSC Task Force and will continue through a term ending January 2020.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is driven by more than 4,000 members dedicated to the support and enrichment of library service to children. Our members include youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty. ALSC supports its members in engaging communities to build healthy, successful, futures for all children. To learn more about ALSC and how to join, please visit our website at